New Partnership Launched to Support Health and Social Welfare Students

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A new partnership has been launched in a drive to support health and social welfare students while helping local organisations achieve their goals.

The University of Worcester, Community First, Association for Care Training (ACT) and Worcestershire Association of Voluntary Organisation in Community Care (WAVOCC) have all signed an agreement to work together.

The partnership is designed to provide support to enable students on the health and social care foundation degrees at the University to find high quality, year-long placements with the local voluntary and community sector organisations which, in turn, should support these organisations in achieving their goals.

Dawn Goodall, Programme Lead for Foundation Degree in the University’s Institute of Health and Society, said: “This new partnership will strengthen the University’s success in creating highly employable graduates across a range of courses.

“Students will get the opportunity to apply and test their knowledge in real world situations. Meanwhile, the organisations involved will get graduates who can bring new skills and energy to their work.”

John Taylor, from WAVOCC/Community First, added: “This partnership is a great example of what can be achieved when people work together on behalf of the wider community. Our aim is to ensure a good experience for the VCS agency and the student so that there is mutual benefit, with the prospect of raising awareness and potentially offering volunteering opportunities within the VCS beyond the placement experience.”

For further information about getting involved in the partnership contact Dawn Goodall on 01905 542363 or email

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